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Regional Fact Sheets

A diverse range of companies seeking a competitive advantage have found a business-friendly trifecta in Upstate South Carolina: a top-ranked business climate, a world-class research environment and a superb quality of life.

They are drawn here by our favorable tax rates, market accessibility and the quality and availability of our workforce. Supporting this is our dedication to research and innovation, including R&D facilities for Michelin, Fuji and General Electric and research centers that support the automotive, life sciences, plastics and photonics industries. And it's all set in a region where cost of living is about 10 percent lower than the national average and cultural and recreational opportunities cater to a diverse range of tastes.

 

Overview


Current Population
Total Population (2013) 1,397,064
Total Households (2013) 546,262
Median Age (2013) 38.8

Sources: ESRI Business Analyst

 

Age % of Population
Under Age 5 6.3%
Age 5 to 9 6.4%
Age 10 to 14 6.4%
Age 15 to 24 14.0%
Age 25 to 34 12.4%
Age 35 to 44 12.7%
Age 45 to 54 13.9%
Age 55 to 64 13.0%
Age 65 to 74 8.8%
Age 75 to 84 4.5%
Age 85+ 1.7%

Source: 2013 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

 

Income
Year Median Household Per Capita
2013 $41,516 $22,824
2018 (projected) $50,494 $26,685

Source: ESRI Business Analyst

 

Workforce Education
Highest Level Attained % Pop, Age 25+
Less than 9th Grade 6.8%
9th to 12th Grade, No Diploma 11.4%
High School Graduate Only 30.7%
Some College, No Degree 19.3%
Associate Degree Only 8.7%
Bachelor's Degree Only 15.0%
Graduate/Professional Degree 8.0%
High School Grad or Higher 81.7%
Bachelors Degree or Higher 23.0%

Source: 2013 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

 

Largest Employers
Company Industry Employment
Greenville Hospital System Healthcare 7,500
Michelin North America, Inc. Radial Tires 5,752
Spartanburg Regional Health Services Healthcare 5,544
BMW Manufacturing Corporation Automobiles 5,400
Anderson County School Districts (5 Districts) Public Education 5,085

 

Upstate Labor Force & Unemployment (Feb 2014)
Total Labor Force 647,297
Unemployed 30,782
Unemployment Rate 4.8%

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce

 

Employment & Earnings by Industry
Industry Employment % of Total Avg Annual Earnings
Total (All Industries) 544,855 - - - $49,633
Natural Resources 754 0.1% $31,802
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction 361 0.1% $51,367
Utilities 2,764 0.5% $121,308
Construction 21,309 3.9% $52,454
Manufacturing 96,263 17.7% $66,926
Wholesale Trade 22,787 4.2% $63,695
Retail Trade 66,182 12.1% $29,710
Transportation & Warehousing 16,472 3.0% $53,751
Information 8,254 1.5% $60,415
Finance & Insurance 15,460 2.8% $68,653
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 5,268 1.0% $43,192
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 20,630 3.8% $72,686
Management of Companies & Enterprises 6,684 1.2% $96,290
Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt & Remediation Services 48,430 8.9% $33,429
Educational Services (Private) 8,365 1.5% $40,398
Healthcare & Social Assistance 46,486 8.5% $54,792
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 6,831 1.3% $19,867
Accommodation & Food Services 51,095 9.4% $16,682
Other Services (Except Public Admin) 12,686 2.3% $31,436
Government 87,775 16.1% $56,735

Source: QCEW Employees - EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker